Packers LB Clay Matthews should be just fine after tweaking his ankle in Week 8. David J. Phillip Associated Press

This year's Green Bay Packers are a defensive team, and linebacker Clay Matthews is the team's best player on that side of the ball. So, when he injured his ankle during a loss to the Denver Broncos, Green Bay's fate hung in the balance.

However, on Monday, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy stifled the concern over Matthews' injured ankle.

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Matthews is one of the team's most productive defenders with 32 tackles (24 solo, four for loss), 4.5 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery through seven games. The Packers need him on the field and as healthy as possible when they face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in Week 9.

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